Eggs are pretty much universally enjoyed by everyone across the globe to some extent and still are an all-time favourite food. Most include them in their daily diet because as well as being easy and convenient, they house so many benefits. Let’s crack on (no pun intended) with these Top 5 Health Benefits of Eggs!
1. Great source of protein
Protein is incredibly important for maintaining overall health, as well as building muscle! Women need around 46 grams of protein a day, whereas men need around 56 grams. The amount of protein in each egg varies on the size; small egg: 4.9 grams, medium egg: 5.7 grams, large egg: 6.5 grams. In a large egg, 3 grams of protein will come from the yolk and 3.5 grams will come from the egg white. So don’t deny yourself the full amount of protein available by thinking that you’ll reap the benefits from eating the whites alone; the whole egg is beneficial in terms of protein and all the other nutrients on offer.
2. Full of vitamins
Eggs contain Vitamin A, B, B5, B12, and Selenium. We can take this further and say that they contain pretty much all the vitamins and elements that your body needs to function properly, including calcium, potassium and iron.
3. Can aid weight loss
Speaking from personal experience, when I started losing weight, eggs definitely had a part to play! I eat them most mornings for breakfast, mainly because of the high protein content (with little calories) their taste and because they keep me full! They’re also incredibly versatile, which means you can quickly and easily add them to your lunches, dinners or snacks – ideally alongside a variety of whole grains and salads
4. Yolks and whites are beneficial
Yolks are rich in choline; a macronutrient important in maintaining a healthy metabolism. It also contains Vitamin A, D, E and K which contributes to healthy vision, skin and bones. The egg white is known to be low in cholesterol and even lower in calories. In addition, if you cut the yolk out and just eat the egg white, you’re cutting the calories of the egg by over half, egg whites also contain zero fat, which is an excuse to eat even more of them – how? Did you know you can actually buy pure, bottled egg whites nowadays? Imagine all the time and hassle you can save!
5. Promote brain health
As mentioned in point 4, choline is an important nutrient that aids in brain health. The brain uses choline to create a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which helps with memory functioning and and communication between brain cells. Bethane, a chemical that produces hormones related to happiness, is broken down by choline. This means that eggs can make you happy -so why not go for sunny side up?
Tip: Opt for free-range eggs, as they’re much better for you. We don’t agree with mass agricultural methods for economic gain only, it’s not only bad for your health – it’s totally unfair to animals. As you can see, for something seemingly small and taken for granted, the humble egg carries a significant host of health benefits. Whether you want to scramble, poach, boil, fry or simply plonk them raw into a protein-fortified smoothie, the possibilities almost endless. If you’ve read this and crave some natural protein goodness, check out the video above on how to make my favourite breakfast! Got a recipe? Tell us below or @keepfitkingdom !